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Siblings Share Love of Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases Pearls Beneath The Rind by Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski.

A brother and sister share their poems in this new, unique collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Even siblings who have lived vastly different lives in different places can sometimes be surprised by their similarities. Richard Seldin and his sister, Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski, grew up with more than the usual dose of sibling rivalry and estrangements.  They discovered they shared a love of writing poetry when both unknowingly entered the same poetry contest. More than a decade later, they have collaborated on this new book of poems that shows some writing similarities but from sharply distinct perspectives.

Pearls Beneath The Rind demonstrates the divergent ways two siblings have experienced themselves, their relationships and environment, cooperating in writing as they worked toward an improved relationship. Carole’s work often describes the outer world and nature and is filled with visual details even when describing a relationship. A number are so visually compelling they could be turned into paintings. Richard’s poems, on the other hand, focus on the play of the mind in its articulation of ideas, yearning for intimacy and dream states.

Carole’s poem, “Winter in Chino Valley,” paints a clear picture of the valley in its austere bleakness: “The daily scenes don’t change: naked tumbleweed gathering in barbed clumps, icy tree limbs bending in the strain of winter.” And in “Intended” she employs nature to highlight the ironies of love: “Although I intended to love with breath of butterfly and length of anaconda . . . I have loved with breath of skunk and length of ant.” In “Waiting for the Word” Richard ponders the loss of creativity: “It seems everything is moving only from the outside out and not from the inside out or even the outside in. So that lines drop like sand bags on a bare floor.” And his poem “Sunday Night” sings his desire for connection: “Tonight I long for your breath on my heart, a guitar string in the wind, to roll and tumble in the gush of love.”

Kirkus Reviews has described the book as a “smart, unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises.” And Carol Christy White, President of the Arizona State Poetry Society, writes: “Reading these poems was like listening in on a conversation between Richard and Carole after a long separation . . . . The balance of observations of what is with what could have been and might be is poignant and so human.”

Richard Seldin is a freelance writer who has published short fiction and nonfiction in English and Chinese and translated Chinese novellas and short stories. For many years he worked as a lawyer for the U.S. government, focusing on international relations and trade. Carole “CR” Seldin-Bolinski has published short mystery stories, flash fiction and poetry. In 2010 she won the Oregon State Poetry Association’s new poet’s category for “The Car” and recites poems with others as part of The Mad Women Poets of Prescott. She is currently working on another book of poetry, “I Don’t Want To Die In Chino Valley.”

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For additional information, please visit www.crbolinskiwriter.com or www.richardseldin.blogspot.com

Pearls Beneath The Rind

Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2210-9          80 pages         $9.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Natural Beauty Inspires Poet with Eye for Photography; New Release by Kathryn Foltz

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Inspiring Your Senses: Unique Beauty Defined by Poetry” by Kathryn Foltz.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Inspiring Your Senses: Unique Beauty Defined by Poetry” by Kathryn Foltz.

Poetry pairs with photography showcasing nature’s beauty in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” comes true in this new book that highlights beautiful scenes across the United States. Poetry written by the author accompanies each of the photos that range from featuring views near her hometown to America’s national parks. As Kathryn Foltz began traveling around the country after her marriage, she captured everything from birds to stunning sunsets.

In “Inspiring Your Senses: Unique Beauty Defined by Poetry,” Foltz shares her wonder for spectacular places, writing poetry to accompany the photos in hopes of inspiring others to see the beautiful places for themselves. A poem about the Great Smokey Mountains, for instance, describes them as “a wilderness landscape of floral and trees galore with traces of its human past that you should explore.” An ode to the wonders of Yellowstone National Park proves equally compelling: “Be it sunshine, snow, or even haze in the air, the beauty and serenity are around you everywhere.”  A poem and photographs featuring Glacier National Park, with its “rugged snow covered mountains reaching high into the sky” end this testament to the country’s natural wonders.

Author Kathryn Foltz, born in Indianapolis, grew up in an urban farm area. She is married and enjoys photography, hiking and auto racing among other pursuits when she’s not working.

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For additional information, please visit www.inspiringamericathebeautiful.com.

Inspiring Your Senses: Unique Beauty Defined by Poetry

Kathryn Foltz

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1375-6                        64 pages                        $19.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Children’s Book by Pam Wessel-Estes Puts Human Face on Homelessness

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Quilt and a Home” by Pam Wessel-Estes.

Moving into a homeless shelter creates hardships for a young family in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The story focuses on the feelings of 8-year-old Abby, who isn’t sure if things will ever get better.

Eight-year-old Abby Olson has a secret – she lives in a homeless shelter with her mother and brother. In this new children’s book, Abby writes down her story and her feelings of confusion, sadness and anger to help her cope with her father leaving and being forced to leave her home. The story is a timely one: The author notes that recent estimates show one in 50 children don’t have homes of their own; instead, their families are staying in shelters, with friends or relatives, in cars or on the street.

In crafting “A Quilt and a Home,” author Pam Wessel-Estes draws on her professional experience to show the human side of being homeless – especially a homeless child. As Abby sees her mother working on a quilt, the young girl tries to put the pieces of her life together: talking to the school counselor, helping care for her younger brother and being friendly to a new girl at the shelter. Illustrator Cathy Clark’s watercolors  enhance the gentle message of this story, which offers hope and encouragement to those facing difficult situations.

Author Pam Wessel-Estes co-founded a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy center and led an organization that hosted an emergency shelter for families. She has degrees in psychology and has worked in social services and public health for more than 30 years. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Illustrator Cathy Clark, an artist and photographer, is a teacher by training and  an avid hiker in the Pacific Northwest.

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For additional information, please visit www.AQuiltandaHome.com.

A Quilt and a Home

Pam Wessel-Estes

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1489-0                        36 pages                        $14.95 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1490-6                        36 pages                        $24.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.